The McCallum Adobe

 The McCallum Adobe (1884)

Open: Daily Monday-Sunday 10am to 4pm - unless otherwise noted

permanent exhibits

Palm Springs in the Beginning: Palm Springs has been inhabited by the Native Americans for thousands of years. In 1884, the first permanent white resident bought land and made Palm Springs his home. The McCallum’s were the first in a list of pioneers to come to Palm Springs. The men and women who lived in Palm Springs before it became a city shaped what it is today.

Notables Wall
“Well, all those people you expect to see in Los Angeles will want some place to play. I mean to have a sand pile in Los Angeles’ backyard.”

Nellie Coffman — The Desert Inn

Pioneer woman Nellie Coffman knew Palm Springs was the perfect location for celebrities to escape the busy city life and enjoy the beauty and health benefits of the desert. Palm Springs became the sandbox for Actors, Musicians, Politicians, Athletes and World Influencers to play in. Each notable man or woman impacted the village and continued with the Legends of Palm Springs.

season exhibits 

Raymond Loewy Exhibit 

Raymond Loewy is not a name we hear too often anymore, but when we see his work we recognize it. Think of Air Force One, the iconic Robin Egg Blue coloration and the United States of America typeface elegantly placed on the side. He did that design for President Kennedy. It happened because Palm Springs is a place that draws people and men like Raymond Loewy did some of his best work while living in Palm Springs.

The Right to Know-The Desert Sun Exhibit

Local Papers are often seen as watchdogs, they keep the community informed while national papers focus on “bigger” stories. The Desert Sun, which has been around for more than 90 years, has been a keeper of Palm Springs history. It has also provided the community with a fundamental right, knowledge.

“The Right to Know” exhibits follows the growth of the Desert Sun. Its change from a once a week print to the daily it is today. Learn about the papers that once informed the Coachella Valley and the writer that filled the pages with stories we can still enjoy today.